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This is my first year snagging and I am going to have to do it from the banks. Anyone have any suggestions of where I should go? I live in Joplin (SWMO) and would like to not have to drive all the way across the state... lol Any help would be appreciated!
 

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Will wait till after the first couple week to go. Seems the trafic isn't as bad on the water and you can definitely get larger fish when the water warms some. We go out around here on the mississippi and then hit lake of the ozark honey hole in Apr. Good luck all!
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ok fellas.

when exactly does it start??
It starts March 15th. You will see people lined up getting there boats put in that night waiting for 12am to strike. We caught mostly small ones at the begenning of the year but a little guy (6yrs old)we took fishing with us caught an 82lber, It was his first fish ever, now he is hooked. So you we may get lucky, you never know unless your hooks in the water.
 

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I think there are a number of resident fish that stay up in the James River arm also. We usually always get a sow or two on opening night, even if they aren't running very good yet due to cold water.

We snag at night early in the season to avoid some of the traffic. Once April gets here and everybody starts moving on to other species of fish, we snag during the day and do great then too.

I just wish turkey season didn't have to coincide with the best part of snagging season. :embarassed:
 

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Can't wait, i have never been early in the season but i am thinking of trying. i didn't figure they would be in the rivers due to water temp but it looks like people do catch fish on Mar 15th 12am.
 

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The fish are still there even early in the season. On LOZ I know they usually catch them pretty well around the Coffmann/Ivy Bend area. If you have a good graph, I'd imagine you could run down river and graph some deep holes and find pods of fish. They snag spoonboll all winter long in Oklahoma on Grand Lake by marking them in deep water on there fish finders and trolling through them.
 

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I have actually had more luck snagging when the water is cold.

lol Ill be sure to bring a camera this year

we should do our waters a favor and have an asian carp contest lol.

hopefully Ill get my first spoonbill this year.
 

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Ravenloft, I'll take you up on the asian carp contest some day. :smile2: Even if I lose, as long as I catch a bunch it's worth it!

Have you seen anybody pull a spoonbill out of the Mississippi below Alton Dam? I guess that's about the only place to snag from the bank this year around there since they don't allow snagging at Chain of Rocks this year.
 
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